Stephen Sawchuk at EdWeek has a really nice sum-up today about threats to collective bargaining around the country. (Though, as I told him, the piece needed a clearer list up high of what kinds of policy issues are now subject to bargaining, and an explanation of what happens when collective bargaining is not an option. We may have an automatic understanding of this, but readers—even of a trade publication—may not.)
The state with the farthest-reaching proposal to bar collective bargaining is also one, Steve points out, where unions have hardly stood in the way of reform: Race to the Top winner Tennessee. Is the bill just legislator grandstanding, or is there a real chance for passage? It is hard to imagine unions wanting to compromise on evaluation and other issues if they are just going to get thrashed in the legislature later anyway.
This is definitely a ripe question for reporters in Tennessee.